The Ultimate Family: The Making of the Royal House of Windsor

The Ultimate Family: The Making of the Royal House of Windsor

by John Pearson
     
 

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In recent times the British monarchy has become an 'ultimate family' of international superstars, their adventures and personalities transmitted round the globe like episodes in the world's most popular soap opera.

The process began with Queen Mary's transformation of the family into symbols of middle-class morality, but accelerated greatly with the… See more details below

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In recent times the British monarchy has become an 'ultimate family' of international superstars, their adventures and personalities transmitted round the globe like episodes in the world's most popular soap opera.

The process began with Queen Mary's transformation of the family into symbols of middle-class morality, but accelerated greatly with the televising of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation and the euphoric sense of a 'new Elizabethan age' about to begin in gloomy postwar Britain.

Prince Charles's Investiture in 1969 was the springboard of a major PR campaign to provide royalty with a human face and helped shape the contemporary image of the royal family as both 'special' and 'ordinary'.

With its account of the shaping of the 'ultimate dream princess', Diana, and in the wake of Prince Andrew's wedding, this fascinating and unique book defines the Royal Family for the 1980s. It is the most timely and relevant book about the British monarchy ever published.

John Pearson was born in 1930, and educated at King's College School, Wimbledon and Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he read history.

He has worked on various newspapers, including the Economist, The Times, and the Sunday Times where for a time he wrote the Atticus column.

After the success of his Life of Ian Fleming, he decamped with wife and family to Rome, where he lived for some years. Mr Pearson returned to England to research and write the life and times of the Kray brothers, and is now at work on a full-scale biography of the Sitwells.

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New York Review of Books

fascinating and healthily skeptical book

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781448207848
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
12/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
446
File size:
2 MB

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